According to demographic trends, the number of elderly and disabled people in our society is constantly increasing. However, the demands of those concerned will also change with age. The changing demands of  people who don't want to live in care facilities but prefer to be cared for in their own homes as long as possible, cause additional difficulties for the health-care system. Society's view of old age and disability has admittedly changed significantly in recent years, with elderly and disabled people being regarded no longer as "inferior beings", but instead as active citizens with rights of participation.

This poses challenges for the individual and society as a whole. It is important to address these challenges now in order to seize the associated opportunities and shape future coexistence with regard to the just distribution and guarantee of rights, duties and entitlements.